Ridges residents battle rezoning
By Alex Easton
A 2000 square metre block is nearly double the size of the%average 'Great Australian Dream', but to the residents of McLeans Ridges it sounds too close to high-density living.
The residents are battling plans for a rezoning that would pave the way for two new subdivisions, introducing nearly 100 new residential blocks into their small community.
The smallest of the blocks come in at 2495 square metres, and the largest stretch up to 11ha, but residents say the smaller blocks would conflict with the large-block style of the community.
More importantly, they say McLeans Ridges lacks the infrastructure to support 100 new households and, without any village centre, is unlikely to be able to develop it.
About 150 of the residents met Lismore councillors and senior staff on Monday night to thrash out their concerns. Melinda Gambley, of the McLeans Ridges community group, said residents were concerned at a potential loss of amenity and of their ability to farm their land if the area was rezoned rural-residential.
Council general manager Paul O'Sullivan told residents the council had employed an independent consultant to investigate residents' concerns. No decision on the rezoning will be made before September.